They also offer Ag Financial Management, and Whole Farm Planning for Women.(VT) Women’s Agricultural Network through UVM Extension offers courses including ‘Growing Places’ for those entering the farming world, and ‘Taking Stock’, a course for existing businesses to tune their operations.(RI) Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management Division of Agriculture offers grants through its Farm Viability Program.
(M/S) The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project, from Cornell University’s Small Farms Program offers worksheets and templates embedded in online planning lessons where you can save work in your own online files.
They offer many detailed resources applicable to a wider farmer audience including those on regulations: Food Safety and GAP, HACCP, and labor laws.(M/S) NOFA / MOFGA, the Northeast Organic Farming Association and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association offer farmer support and extension services which vary by state.(M/S) The Women’s Agricultural Network (WAg N) exists in many states and partners to offer courses, workshops and other educational and networking opportunities.
WAg N CT, WAg N VT.(VT) The Vermont New Farmer Project through UVM offers technical assistance and has a comprehensive Resource Guide.(VT) Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) offers a list of Farm Business Development Programs in Vermont.
For over 13 years, The Carrot Project has worked with farm and food businesses in New England and the Hudson Valley, supporting their successes by helping them build the financial management skills to help their businesses thrive.We've developed these free templates specifically for small farm financial planning.
Use them for general or annual financial planning, to accompany a business plan, or to meet the requirements for financial statements as listed on The Carrot Project's loan application checklist.
If there is no course in your area, there are online courses and templates you may use.(M/S) The Northeast Beginning Farmers Project, from Cornell University’s Small Farms Program, hosts online courses each winter.
Topics include: Financial Record Keeping, Writing a Marketing Plan, and Understanding the Business, Regulatory and Tax Implications of Farming.(NY) Hawthorne Valley Farm offers the Hudson Valley Farm Beginnings Whole Farm Planning Course each winter which includes developing enterprise budgets, an income and expense plan, and a marketing and pricing strategy.(MA) The MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) hosts three types of courses each winter for farmers at various stages of business planning.(MA) The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project offers a Business Planning Course in which participants develop business plans and enterprise budgets, research their markets, evaluate the equipment & resources they need for their business, and develop crop plans.(VT) The Vermont New Farmer Project through UVM Extension offers business planning courses geared toward business at various stages: startups, 1-5 years, and 5 years.
It will support farmers and ranchers who are starting a new business, managing or growing an existing business, or planning for succession.
Farm Aid has a Family Farm Disaster Relief Fund, a Hotline, and a listing of Disaster Assistance.